THE Zambia Police traffic department is still ranked the most corrupt among public institutions in Zambia, Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) Executive Director Wesley Chibamba has said.
Mr Chibamba noted that although there were some improvements in terms of reduction of bribery in the Zambia Police Service, the institution was still topping the Zambia Bride Payers Index (ZBPI).
He told the Daily Nation in an interview that this was so because the traffic department had a high level of interaction with the public on a daily basis compared to other institutions.
“Statistically when you look at some of the studies that we have done particularly, the Zambia Bribe Payers Index (ZBPI), you will find that the Zambia Police Service is still ranking as the most corrupt institution, especially the traffic section.
“Some of the things that give them that kind of prominence on the index is the level of interaction that they have with the public. You will find that the traffic section of the Zambia Police has more interaction with the people, everyone is a road user,” Mr Chibamba said.
He said TIZ had since engaged the Zambia Police Service on a number of initiatives aimed at improving the situation.
“There are a number of things that we are doing with them. We already helped them develop a code of ethics, some service charters. So we are also looking to do some more works with them especially when it comes to developing tools that build integrity within the institution.
“We remain optimistic, as long as we continue working with them and they show the same level of commitment. We are very positive that we are going to see an improvement, even when we look at the index this time around, you will notice that there has been a difference despite the fact that they are still ranking highly, but the situation has reduced a bit,” he said.